It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, Will the Old Man Ever Stop Snoring?May 31, 2016 | By: KM Landscaping
We have all heard of the old rhyme “April showers bring May flowers.” But what do May showers bring? It seems the entire month of May has been one torrential rain storm after another which brings me to our next topic, water drainage.
When it rains, water will pool up in divots on the ground and collect in puddles around lower-lying areas. When this happens closer to your home, your foundation may be exposed to erosion and degradation. If your home has a basement or crawlspace water can find its way inside causing extensive water damage. Even farther away from the home, it can ruin your landscaping features and make your yard an unsightly mess. You may be wondering what steps you need to take to overcome your current landscaping challenges, and here are a few thoughtful steps that you can take to do so.
Grade the Yard
The first step you can take is to grade the yard downward away from the home. Make the ground gently sloping so that water will run away from the home's foundation. Even out rough areas so the property is not impacted negatively by pools and puddles. You may need to bring in more soil to accomplish this goal, and some will use excavation services if heavy equipment is needed for the job. While this can be quite an undertaking in some cases, it will protect your home's foundation from wear and the effects of erosion.
Create A Dry Creek
In some cases, the grade of the yard in surrounding properties is downward toward your property. When this is the case, grading the land downward to the edge of the property line will only accomplish so much, and you may need another plan in order to prevent water from other properties from flowing onto your property. One idea is to create a drainage ditch or canal around the perimeter of your property and grade it so that the water flows into the street, in a nearby creek or in another area away from the home. These dry creeks can be decorated with landscaping features such as decorative rocks and water-loving plants.
Drainage issues can pose a significant problem for property owners, so you do not want to leave the matter alone. These tips will help you to overcome the drainage issues that you are currently facing while also improving the aesthetics of your yard. Don’t forget, if you have a drainage issue you would rather not tackle yourself we are experts in finding water drainage solutions and we would love to help you out.